Precipitation never falls evenly on the northern plains. Usually it is either too wet or too dry. We often calculate the average weekly or monthly precipitation however, throughout the year, there are many more days without precipitation than days with rain or snow making averages not necessarily useful. Typically, we go through a year with numerous relatively long periods of mostly dry weather with a few interspersed periods of heavier rain or snow. Dry weather is more common than wet weather, but, as the old saying goes, when it does rain, it pours. Lately we have been on a long stretch of mostly dry weather that may be changing soon.